Tammy Abraham has praised Chelsea manager Frank Lampard for boosting his confidence following the forward’s penalty miss in the UEFA Super Cup.
Abraham has since responded to the disappointment by scoring four goals in his past two Premier League games to establish himself as first-choice forward at Stamford Bridge, and the 21-year-old has hailed boss Lampard for ‘lifting’ him up and continuing to believe in his ability.
“He’s always believed in me,” he told the Mirror. “He’s believed in the youngsters and believed in me.
“I looked over, saw him celebrating and I just wanted to go and share my emotions.
“Everyone misses penalties but to miss a penalty in [the Super Cup], I was obviously devastated. I’d had a lot of abuse and everything afterwards but Frank Lampard always had his arm around my shoulder, he lifted me up.
“The boys as well – give credit to them. It’s as if I’d never missed the way they supported me. That’s exactly what I needed.”
Following his Super Cup miss, Abraham was subjected to sickening racist abuse on social media. The forward admits the abuse left his family feeling distressed, but insists his ‘strong character’ allows him to continue unaffected.
“I remember speaking to my mum, she was emotional,” he admitted. “She was in tears. She was just thinking ‘Why him? Why him?’ It’s obviously not nice, seeing your son getting abused.
“For me. I’m always a strong character. It doesn’t affect me as much. But it could affect people who don’t have my personality.
“I’m a confident guy. I always believe in my ability, I’ve always believed that I could score goals.”